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Port Gamble Bay, ancestral home of the Port Gambal S'klallams as the early morning dawns

First Native American tribe approved to operate guardianship, foster care and adoption program

March 20, 2012

For the first time in U.S. child welfare history, a tribe will have control over the process for evaluating child abuse and neglect allegations, determining whether children need to be placed in foster care, and finding permanent homes for children – safely back with their parents, in the homes of caring relatives, or with adoptive families. Thanks to new federal rules, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (PGST) becomes the first Native American community permitted to operate its own guardianship assistance, foster care and adoption assistance program.

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